Thursday, January 31, 2013

They're Here!

The J.Crew spring looks have arrived! And I am a smitten kitten. I knew I would love this line last year when it appeared at Fashion Week. So many beauties. Now I just have to wait for that "Darling" sweater! (It also happens to be time for J.Crew rewards, which is how they keep luring me back in. Damn them.)

Want to add a little spring to your step? How about something pastel, mint, or striped!
The bag? It is very Celine, but significantly more moderately priced. Those striped pants? Hello, lovely! And the Sperry's? I am pretty sure those were on Pinterest boards around the world today! They are certainly on mine. I love the lady-like styles and Easter egg colors. Delightful! Anything on your wish list?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I have a confession. I shopped. I know. I know. I promised I wouldn't. But I did. And I also promised that I would be honest and tell you if I veered off course with my good intentions. So, here I am to confess my sins.

I decided that I couldn't go to Paris with just my old clothes (and how the new clothes from Christmas have already become old is something I don't understand myself, so don't ask me to explain). I had a few items in mind that I wanted to buy. It was the weekend of fun after all.

Fast forward to Monday morning when I left my house without both my keys and my wallet. This was a very bad situation. Not only was I locked out, but I had no money with which to get a coffee and sit somewhere and wait. I had the ridiculous idea that I would just ask nicely at some coffee shop and offer to pay when my husband came to pick me up. A wonderful little place down the street said "Sure!" (And, not only that, but they told me I'm welcome to come back and hang out if I ever lock my keys and wallet in the house again. I appreciate this because it is highly likely this will happen again.)

While waiting, I plowed through the entirety of Lessons From Madame Chic, the little handbook of Parisian living that I bought to prepare for my trip, sartorially speaking. What I learned is that most of my behavior is very un-chic, and the way to go in France is to maintain the 10 item wardrobe. Um, mine is a little bigger than that.

Though I did fail my no-shopping challenge (and, by the way, I am not giving up. Just getting right back on the horse.), I started to think about this idea of the ten item wardrobe as a new kind of challenge, one I am going to employ on the trip itself. Can I pack ten essentials (not including under pieces like tees and tanks, or shoes and accessories) and make it through a week in Paris? I think that seems doable. I am a little hesitant to try it at home. That just feels like crazy business.

All this being said, I did do part of what I said I'd do. I sold a large bag of clothes I never wear. That offset the cost of some of my purchases. But, part of the reason I cleared the clutter was to simplify. What Jennifer Scott talks about is buying the best you can afford, buying better items and less of them. Now this is a philosophy I can get behind. I think I, too, can learn a thing or to from Madame Chic. Materialism? Ce n'est pas chic!

Note: If you like (or think you'll like) the book, check out Jennifer's blog!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What's On Your Vanity?

I am so pleased to introduct Cara-Mia Trull, the writer of Typed for Miles, an eclectic, fun, personal blog that is just the type I enjoy! She has agreed to give us a sneak peak of her must haves.

Cara-Mia writes,
Okay, here's a peek at my favorite items on my vanity.
Thank you, Cara-Mia! I am so excited to get my hands on some of these products, particularly that Bamboo Style Cleanse! 

Anyone else want to share? Send me an email at or post a comment to get your vanity featured! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Style

I didn't even know the SAG awards were happening. I was so busy having my weekend of fun that I think I missed the memo. The weekend of fun was terrific, in case you were wondering. My brother and I parted ways only on Saturday evening when I had a girls' night out. After finding myself at both Make-out Room and Elbo Room, I have officially decided that I am too old for those kind of nights out. Yes. It's official. But, that's not what we are talking about this morning. So, I did get to catch the SAGS, and because I didn't recap the Golden Globes, let's commence the scrutiny.

There was quite a bit of black on the red carpet. I like black. It usually looks quite chic...

...but I am not a huge fan of Claire Danes's or Julie Bowen's looks. Don't get me wrong. Claire Danes looks insane after just having a baby, and I love the shape of Julie Bowen's dress, but I am not digging the pattern on Claire's dress or the Catwoman-esque leather on Julie. I do like Jenna Elfman's LBD.

There was also a smattering of navy, and I was really digging these looks.

Jennifer Lawrence is stunning and so articulate. Nicole Kidman is an automaton. Nothing new there. And Amanda Seyfried's arms? I'll take two.

Some gals were rocking their winter whites.

 How adorable does Kiernan Shipka look! What a sweet dress. I quite like the bodice of Kerry Washington's dress. And, Naomi Watts, aka my husband's dream girl, looks beautiful as always.

These ladies must have been green with envy...

...because they didn't quite get it together. Jessica Pare's dress is beautiful, but I am not sure about her sock bun. Morena Baccarin, you are one of the hottest ladies around and this dress makes you look like you are emerging from a swampy bog. #fail

Oh look! These ladies came dressed as Black & White cookies! How cute.

No and No. Not working.

Now for what I consider to be the worst looks of the evening.

Where to begin. Kelly Cuoco's hair. I can't get past it to focus on the dress. Actually this dress is designed by Romana Keveza, the designer of my wedding dress. Gulp. Moving on. Ellie Kemper just looks eh in this weird mermaid colored dress that, to me, feels downright geriatric. Busy Phillips is pregnant. Did you notice? I love the idea of her outfit, but she looked (1) like she couldn't breath and (2) like she was going to bust those seems right open. #tootight

For all those who lose, there are those who win. These hotties stole the show.

Maria Menounos is no A-lister, but this dress is A-mazing. Her body is A-stonishing. Everything about her is A-plus. Damn girl. Nina Dobrev looks freakishly tiny and totally gorg in this hot pink number. #winning

Tune in tomorrow to check out another vanity!

All photos via Huffington Post.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fabulous Friday

So last night my hubs headed to NY for a bachelor party. You know what that means? This gal has the place all to herself. Now, this is not fabulous per se because I'd look forward to spending the weekend with my partner in crime, but I have some plans to keep myself busy. Don't you worry. This plan involves my brother. I am orchestrating M & K's weekend of fun! Woo hoo! We will be dining, shopping, putzing around the city, watching movies, sipping cocktails...I bet he is so excited right now. When you just need a weekend of fun and happiness there is nothing like having a girlfriend your brother to share it with. Let's look at some fabulous Pinterest pretty's to kick the weekend off right. (Want to know where all these lovely images come from? Go check out my Pinterest!) Make good choices. Make it count. See you on Monday.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Have You Been Watching...

 ...the Bachelor!? It's back! And Sean, the loveable Christian Ken doll from Emily's season is every girl's future ex-fiance.

Let's talk about the most important thing first. Is Sean a virgin?! Is it possible to both have his abs and be a virgin? After my extensive (aka looking at a few gossip sites) research, I think that he may have dipped his proverbial toe in the pool a few times, but has since "revirginized." Despite the fact that I think that entire concept is utter nonsense, good for him. It makes the show more interesting.

In order to prepare for this post, I went to look at some of the bios of the cast of characters on this train wreck of a show. Let's review some of the true standout answers that make this group of women "impressive" (as Sean says).

Kacie B, Sean, Amanda, Kristy, AshLee, and Lesley! Noticing this hair trend makes me want to throw out my curling iron.

Kacie B: This is round 2 on The Bachelor for Kacie. Yikes. Kicked off once, shame on your. Kicked off know how that ends. When asked the title of her favorite book, Kacie responded: "It's so hard to choose just one. I've read so many." Only a person who has read a number of books she can count on her fingers would say this.

Amanda: I am starting to become skeptical of women with this name. But, that's another story for another day. She is kind of a creepy lurker. However, if her accessories tell us anything, she likes J.Crew, so she can't be that bad, right? When asked about the most romantic gift she's ever received, she responded, "I was offered a Prada bag or the same amount of $$ [sic] donated to a charity that we would volunteer at. (I went with the second.)" You may have gone with the second, Amanda, but your need to clarify that tells me that you were jonesing in a bad way for that Prada. Sean and his Christian heart would not be down with that.

Kristy: Kristy is a model (no qualifier). Amanda is a "fit" model. Apparently there is a difference. Kristy is manic, particularly when it comes to modeling for the covers of romance novels, and obviously not Sean's type as she already got the boot. Kristy was asked to describe her ideal date, and she said, "My ideas are endless, I imagine exotic places, where love literally fills the air." Okay, not to get all grammarian on her ass, but first, what is going on with that punctuation? And second, um, love "literally" fills the air? Where is that place? How is this possible? Thank you, Kristy, for further confirming that brains and beauty rarely keep company nowadays.

And then there is AshLee F: For starters, how great is her name? Amazing. She was adopted by a pastor (Sean is shouting words of praise!), and she made Sean cry on their first date (score!), which was a trip to the amusement park with two random teenagers who have serious medical problems (always giving back!). I am one hundred percent convinced that these two (AshLee and Sean--not the teenagers) are quite possibly soul mates or at least God-mates. The angels are singing a hallelujah chorus for this match.

Lesley is currently coming in second in the race in my opinion. She is kind of cool, actually. Like I might even hang out with her in person. Like she might even have an education. But, she doesn't sweat Jesus from her pores. This is going to be a problem.

With all this fabulousity around, how will Sean ever decide?

images: via 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Parisian Chic

The countdown is on, and I am heading to Paris in a little under a month! I have been thinking a lot about what I will need to pack. It is a very cold time of the year in Paris, and it is also often rainy (and lately its been snowy).  I want to be warm enough to walk around all day and not be miserable, but I also want to channel my inner Parisian.  I am feeling a neutral palette (mostly black) with a pop of color. At home I love the color, but something about Paris in winter feels very minimalist chic.

 I think these ladies capture the aesthetic (and the attitude) I'm thinking of quite well:

I like the relaxed, muted vibe of these outfits. Aside from the coat (which is a BR style steal!), the cashmere sweater, tank, and silk blouse are from internet retailer Everlane, an online company that carries stylish staples at reasonable prices.  My dream suitcase would be filled with all of the above plus these goodies. (Does this look more funereal chic than Parisian chic?)

Carry-on: Because I am flying from San Francisco to the east coast and then from the east coast to Paris, I will be spending a lot of time in the airport and on the plane. I need a grown-up carry on to keep a change of clothes and some toiletries with me to freshen up. I've already blogged about this one from Cuyana. I am so close to pulling the trigger on this purchase!

Cape: I did get this amazing cape for Christmas. Perfect for travel.

Hat: Could I pull of a hat? Maybe not in the United States. In Paris? I think I could.

Leather tote: I love this simple black tote. I am debating between a roomy bag to carry a day's odds and ends and a smaller cross body bag for ease. This J. Crew number (see bottom of the collage) has a detachable strap so it can double as a clutch. 

Black Turtleneck and Black Jodhpur Pants: These pants would be great with boots during the day or heels at night.

Accessories make the outfit: Tortoise shell shades, alpaca infinity scarf, and a pop of color in the form of a red lip and a red nail.

Footwear is my biggest concern. I need comfort, warmth, and waterproof style. I am thinking Hunter's might be my best bet (with these awesome shearling insoles), or a low black boot, or, get this, a Rachel Zoe sneaker. Can you imagine that woman in sneakers? I am skeptical, but hey, if she approved them, I imagine the French will too.

All this being said, I intend to do my research. I've ordered Parisian Chic and Lessons from Madame Chic to keep me in the know. That's a whole lot of chic happening up in here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's All About Sole

Loads and loads of bloggers have already told the world about Sole Society, but I haven't, so here I am! I am not telling you about it because I have a give-away or a sponsorship (no such luck). I am telling you about it because I buy their shoes, I love their shoes, and I think you should know about this awesome brand. Not only are these shoes inexpensive, they are insanely, strangely comfortable. Usually shoes that are relatively inexpensive are not as well made and therefore not as comfortable as expensive shoes, and having bought my first really expensive pair of shoes this year I do think you can tell the difference. But, these shoes look and feel expensive on your feet. Their recent styles are just adorable. Do yourself a favor and check out these pretty pairs.

My Top Ten:

1. Melody: I love these so much I had to show you both lovely colors. (49.95)
2. Melanie: Very chic. (49.95)
3. Harper: I don't own these, but I might have to. Are these Parisian chic? I think so. (49.95)
4. Brooke: Though I am really quite a heel-phobe, I think these look manageable. (59.95)
5. Callie: In blue? A must have. (49.95)
6. Addison: I can personally vouch for these! Wear them all day at work and feel no pain! (69.95)
7. Peony: My favorite flower and a can't miss glittery flat. (49.95)
8. Tanya: Hot pink is always a go. (49.95)
9. Sandra 2.0: When they weather gets warm, I hope to be showing off my toes in these. (49.95)
10. Martine: Reminiscent of a similar style by Valentino. (49.95)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Musings

How is this possible? I am still sick. I spent the entire weekend supine with my head buried under used Kleenex. If this thing is a cold, it is the nastiest beast of all colds that ever came knocking. J. is sick too, so even though we thought that being back in CA would allow us to catch up on personal time (let's face it, during the holidays there just isn't much couple time carved out), we have barely looked at each other save to say "Pass the Day/Ny-Quil" depending on the hour. We tried to venture out for breakfast this morning, but about half way through the meal we both thought we were running fevers and proceeded to drag ourselves home. Not pretty.

I have been kept company by a new show I downloaded: The Big C. No, there is nothing more uplifting when you are sick than a show about a woman with stage-4 melanoma. Actually the show is three seasons deep, but we don't get Showtime, so I snagged my parent's xfinity password and now a whole new world of TV has opened up to me. Actually, the show only has moments of sob-worthiness. Most of it is actually funny, lighthearted, or at least heartwarming. If you get this horrible cold and need something to pass the time (or if you are just a TV junkie aficionado like me) then I recommend it.

I wanted to do a quick update on Girls, which had its season premiere last week. I have to say that I was a little underwhelmed by the first episode. Hannah isn't quite the gal she was at the close of the last season, and I'm slightly disappointed because I liked her so darn much. But, I am withholding judgment until we get further into the season. I have to say that I have had my concerns that super-stardom will have a negative effect on the show. Please prove me wrong, Lena. I am counting on you. Anyone else watch the premiere? What did you think?

When I was at Drybar before the wedding, they were running a promotion with HBO for free blowouts for one hour a day during the week leading up to the premiere. They were also playing the show on big screens in the salon space. The woman who was doing my hair said it was disgusting pornography. I told her I thought it was funny and had watched it during Christmas break with my dad. I am pretty sure that is why my hair came out the way it did. She probably thought I was a freak who deserved to look like one. Oh well. At least I have a sense of humor.

Here's to Monday being my day of healing! Up! I command myself! Let's get back into the world!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fabulous Friday

I think I have the nasty horrible cold/flu that is going around. I am flat out on the couch trying to reach the keys of my keyboard to write this. But, I was thinking about something fabulous that got me into at least a sitting position. Not to belabor the whole wedding theme this week, but I wanted to say a few more things about my brother's wedding.

Part of the reason the wedding was so wonderful was because my brother's in-laws and new siblings are amazing people. They are kind, open, accepting, welcoming, funny, and smart. They love my brother in a way that I thought only we (my family) could love him. In fact, I am jealous because I'd like to be part of that family too. But, they also make me feel like I am. I feel like I could stop over for dinner, call them up to hang out, and have the most fabulous time just being with them. Although, as I mentioned before, there is a part of you that realizes when a sibling gets married that you are letting go of something, I think we might all actually be gaining more than we're losing.

Throughout the wedding planning process, I've also realized just how much my new sister-in-law and I have in common. I've known her for years, but knowing that my brother was going to marry her made me feel that much more connected to her, and it made me want to truly have a relationship with her like I have with my current sister (Hey, Gab. Love ya). Her family says we are cut from the same cloth, and now I really do see that. Being with her on her wedding day strengthened our growing bond, and I truly cannot wait to spend more time with her.

If you've been reading this blog, you know I have kind of an (actually a full on) obsession with family. My family grew this week, and for me, that is probably one of the most fabulous things in this world!

Monday, I have some tv recapping to do. Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


This week Glitter Guide and The Everygirl brought their A-game. Love these home tours. When we first moved into our apartment, I was frustrated by the whiteness. I wanted to paint everything. But, looking at the homes of these stylin' ladies makes me realize that my crazy obsession with color is best kept off the walls where it cannot be easily changed out.

The first home was featured on The Everygirl and belongs to Hollie Hill. (Such a cute name, right?) She is the voice behind the blog Home with the Hills,  and she currently lives in this adorable house in Atlanta. Check it:

I absolutely love the color scheme for this house: a lot of large neutral pieces with happy, bright pops of color everywhere. I particularly love the drapes and folding screen behind the beds. So clever! And, I am crazy for that bench behind her table. What an eye this lady has!

Interestingly, the vibe in the next house is very similar. This sweet place was featured on Glitter Guide and belongs to Bradley Agather of the fantastic blog Luella & June. (By the way, check out her recent posts about Harbour Island here and here. That's where I honeymooned!) She just mentioned that she recently found a new place with her fiance where they will live after her upcoming wedding, so this apartment won't be this way for much longer. Love this place, and can't wait to see her new digs!

I just adore her bedding, and those pink chairs? Come on. Fab! I think I am learning from these ladies that a little color goes a long way. Reign it in, lady. That is my new motto. Hope these beautiful rooms inspire you as much as they inspire me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's on Your Vanity?

I could not be more excited to share this post with you. Lara is the wonderful lady behind the glossarie, a blog designed to post exclusively positive reviews of beauty products she's tried and approved because they work. I have used her blog as a reference for what to buy almost every time I need a new product. And, her struggle with problematic skin made me feel particularly soul-matey with her! I bombed on her blog, and I was in seventh heaven when the girl who knows everything about make-up was willing to tell us what she actually uses on the regular. So, without further ado, I bring you Ms. Lara Ramos!

Lara writes:
I'm traveling this week, so I've decided to do a post of what's on my hotel vanity:

I've been using this new face wash and moisturizer from my dermatologist with amazing results. My skin is so soft and healthy; it feels incredible!

My favorite of-the-moment foundation is Total FX Total Cover Cream because it's easy to build coverage and the finish is flawlessly natural. I apply it with this brush from It Cosmetics, using the smaller side to concentrate coverage under my eyes and around my nose.

I'm loving bright pops of color this winter, so I bring a little flush to my cheeks with Stila Convertible Color in Petunia using my fingers. I swipe on some of Anthropologie's Albeit Lipstick in Peony (a pretty coral) and coat my lashes with Clinique's Bottom Lash (I love the control and length you get from that teeny tiny brush!). I also keep Make Up For Ever's HD Microfinish Powder and a kabuki brush handy for fighting shine.

At night, I rely on the duo of Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream and Super's Lush Lips - especially when I'm in dry hotel rooms.

So there you have it, a glance at my on-the-go beauty routine. Thanks so much for having me, Meredith!

Thank you, Lara, for stopping by! You are going to make the "no shopping month challenge" particularly hard!

Anyone else want to share? Send me an email at or post a comment to get your vanity featured!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Wedding

Are you breathless yet?

Okay, just to forewarn you, there are too many pictures. Really. I am trying to narrow them down. But, I want to show you everything because it was such an amazing weekend. So, hope you're ready for the rundown! Is it okay if we recap this instead of the Golden Globes?

The weekend started on Thursday night. I arrived in the afternoon, bought me some Spanx, and headed to the hotel. We stayed at The Roger Hotel, a location that had the perfect modern, New York City vibe that epitomized the weekend. That night, we embarked on our first outing at Kefi for a relaxed evening with the soon-to-be bride and groom.

The one real tragedy of the weekend is that my dad took a million pictures and his camera was stolen while he was packing the car. Most of the pictures from that night were on that camera. While we are very upset about this, thankfully someone was hired to capture the big day!

Cut to Friday: The rehearsal dinner was phenomenal. It was at Locanda Verde, a veritable New York hot spot. The gals got their hair done at Drybar, which I was very excited about. But, I HATED my hair. I really wish I had done it myself. Oh well. The food was amazing, I gave my speech, and it was well received, and the almost married couple looked stunning.

I love cake.

All the new siblings!
And then came Saturday. Almost time...But first, there was a lot of prepping and beautifying to be done.

I was salivating over that make-up table, but restrained myself from stealing anything.

We were all a little wired when we headed out for the photos. The nervous energy was contagious.

The bride and groom looked truly dapper. A regular James Bond and his beautiful bride. So lovely.

The ceremony and reception were held at Studio 450, which is a blank loft space that can become whatever you can imagine!

If you're wondering about that last photo, it is the Pinkberry ladies serving it up! No cake at this wedding!

And then they were married! I love my brother. I love my new sister. I loved the weekend. I couldn't have been happier to have been a part of it. Wish we could do it all again!

Special thanks to all my friends and family whose photos I stole! xo

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Musings: Shame on Me

There is so much to talk about (Golden Globes, Girls premiere, wedding recap), yet I don't think I ever remember being this tired in my life! Shame on me for promising a recap today and not taking into account that I would have NO time to put one together! Just quickly though, this weekend was amazing. It was truly a wonderful celebration of love and family. My heart was very full, and I found that I am becoming quite a little crier. Great. That being said, the party started on Thursday, and Sunday evening at 10pm I arrived back in San Francisco having had what seemed to be about twelve hours sleep all weekend. I promise this week I will cover all the wonderful topics that I should have been musing about today. I have a particularly terrific vanity post to come, but I will push it later in the week so as to fill you in on all the wedding details. In the meantime, hope you start the week off right. Lots to come as soon as I recover!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fabulous Friday: Love is Everything

I am in NYC, and tonight we are kicking off the wedding celebration of Mr. Geoffrey Whitehouse and Miss Dana Pavarini. Nothing could be more fabulous. I am giving a toast at the rehearsal dinner, so wish me luck.

I will be snapping loads of photos as I perform my bridesmaid's duties. I am beyond excited for this marriage and this party! Alright, my lovelies. I'm off to get my fancy on at Drybar. Full recap to come on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend, and celebrate love.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Full on Frenzy

Hi ya'll. I am in a tizzy. Actually, as you read this, I am probably up in the air somewhere because my flight to New York Cit-ay left this morning at 6am. Ugh. This week at work I had masses to do, but felt totally distracted by my excitement about the wedding on Saturday! I did accomplish all that I needed to get done, which makes me feel like I can really and truly enjoy myself.

This week's inspiration has relied heavily on my fellow bloggers! Thanks to Roxy's blog, I found out about this great new to me blog: note to self. I was looking through some of the lovely posts, and I noticed this quotation at the bottom of the page:
Love it. I am a big Mary Oliver fan. She is a wise woman. (Remember her poem here?)

This weekend, I plan to do just that. I will pay attention, be astonished, and you better believe I'll tell you all about it when I get back! In honor of the love we are about to celebrate, and because Mary Oliver is a poet, I offer you this favorite love poem of mine.

Sonnet XVII       

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Beauty of Ms. Bauer

I was perusing my usual daily blog reads, and I was over at Mackenzie's lovely blog, and I saw this picture:

Oh my, my, my. How had I not seen this loveliness before. Hollah. This is fantastic.

So, I started scouring for more images of what I now know is Elizabeth Bauer's (of Elizabeth Bauer Design) ah-mah-zing studio. Here is more fabulousness from this lovely lady:

I threw in Elizabeth's tips from Lonny Mag on how to decorate with color. I sometimes wonder if my own apartment is too colorful. Now I know the answer. Definitely not!